The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development on Thursday launched the first edition of a talent search competition that is aimed at promoting talent from the marginalized communities of Kampala and Wakiso.
Named the “Ghetto Got Talent Search And Health Awareness”, this was inspired by a needs assessment exercise in the different slummy areas in the country will cover the areas of Bwaise, Kawempe, Makerere, Katanga Naguru go down and other country wide ghetto youths.
Speaking at the launch of the competition at the media center in Kampala recently, State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Sarah Mateke said they came up with this idea because they want to empower youth with relevant support they need to succeed in life.
There are plans of taking this initiative to more slums outside of Kampala and Wakiso but the first edition will start with some of the major slums in Kampala like Bwaise, Katanga, Makerere-Kavule, Kisenyi, Kosovo, Kalerwe, Bwaise-Kimombasa, Kamwokya, Kivulu and Namuwongo.
Ghetto Got Talent Search And Health Awareness will focus on promoting dance, music talent, art and design, Poetry, comedy, magic, acrobatics and fashion
“The ministry wants to use this opportunity to identify youth with talent in the different ghettos in Uganda” she said
Voting for the best performers will be from 11th to 19th of November ahead of the grand finale where the winner will be announced on 20th November.
The media event for the launch of this competition was graced by the Ghetto kids and other musicians that included Lydia Jazmine.